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18 Dec 18
InsuranceCanvas

News – Insurance Journal Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry North Carolina Gov’s Pick for Workers’ Comp Panel Rejected, Again on 2018-12-18 at 06:18Republican legislators have rejected another candidate from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The House voted 34-59 on Thursday against confirming Judge Robby […]

18 Dec 18
Writing, Traveling, Growing,

‘I’m dreaming of a . . .’ Brown Christmas because that’s all I’m getting. Yep, no snow. No ice-skating. No peppermint. No people dressed up as Santa or elves. No Christmas light exhibits. Or hot chocolate. Or caroling. Or fireplaces burning bright. Pretty much the line of any Christmas song in existence? Ain’t got it. […]

18 Dec 18
The White Man's Burden

An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum Posted on November 3, 2010 *NOTE: PLEASE RE-READ THE TITLE OF THIS ESSAY BEFORE GOING FURTHER. NOTICE, IT IS AIMED AT THE WHITE RIGHT. NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS ESSAY IS “ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE,” AS OPPOSED TO […]

18 Dec 18
The Written Addiction

It was argued to me the other night that I was too young to claim that I know what it was like to have a tough time and I was too young and too inexperienced to understand what comes with real addiction. Maybe I didn’t lose enough or as much or lose the same way […]

18 Dec 18
Russia News Now

A recent CNN poll shows that among potential Democratic candidates in Iowa caucuses Senator Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating from people of color. And the diversity of the Sanders-inspired left was on display at the Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlington Vermont earlier this month, which I covered on my podcast, The Katie Halper […]

18 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
BOOTED, battered, bruised. Jose Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford will leave only a legacy of chaos and controversy. Jose Mourinho’s legacy at Manchester United is over He departs a broken man. A broken manager. Broken, not by events at Carrington and Old Trafford. Those were merely the symptoms. But by the three years at what should have been his crowning glory, his ultimate managerial job. Mourinho craved the role at Real Madrid. His time at Manchester United was marred by a series of high profile bust-ups The spark in Jose Mourinho’s eyes have disappeared He had always wanted it, to return to Spain and show Barcelona what they lost when they let him leave. No wonder Real wanted him so much either. After all, Mourinho was the manager with the Midas touch. He had conquered Europe once, with Porto. Porto! It all started unravelling for Jose Mourinho while at Real Madrid The Portuguese boss shot to fame when he guided Porto to Champions League triumph Then, at Chelsea, bolstered by Roman Abramovich’s warchest, Mourinho had built a Blue Machine. A footballing force which ripped up the established order and tore it into little bits. He took Inter Milan and stormed the barricades again, outlasting the seemingly unbeatable Barca before giving a Champions league Final masterclass in organisation to put one-time mentor Louis Van Gaal in his place. That 2010 Final was in the Bernabeu, with Mourinho house-hunting before the champagne corks popped. Yet by the time Mourinho left Madrid, three years later, to walk back into the embrace of Abramovich, things had changed. More crucially, he had changed. In those first three big gigs, in Lisbon, London and Milan, the one common link was Mourinho himself and the cult he created around him. He later stunned Barcelona while manager of Inter Milan Jose Mourinho lost trust in his players during his time at Real Madrid Players who would walk through brick walls for the manager. Who listened because they knew he had the answers. Who trusted him to get every call right. Yes, it was not always plain sailing. Not always smooth. Not with a man, and a manager, who demanded so much – and made himself the centre of everything good. But if players are winning, especially players winning things they did not dream of winning, the downside takes longer to materialise. Mourinho brilliantly, at all three clubs, identified the key lieutenants in his dressing room and made him his internal Praetorian guard. At Porto, it was Vitor Baia and Ricardo Carvalho, Costinha, Maniche and Benni McCarthy. At Chelsea, John Terry and Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, plus his fellow Portuguese clique. Jose Mourinho became a icon and fan favourite at Chelsea But his second spell at the Blues further descended into chaos And in Milan, Javier Zanetti, Walter Samuel, Marco Materazzi, Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto’o. The strongmen of the team, the toughest competitors, the men who echoed and reinforced Mourinho’s win at all and any costs mentality. The approach was simple. Recruit them and the rest would follow. He wrung then dry. Of course he did. Players were collateral, to be used, damaged and waved goodbye to as either he or they went. That was why Mourinho was always a short-term hit. He could never, for all his words to the contrary, ever really put down roots. It could only last for so long. But in that window of opportunity, Mourinho saw them all as potential allies, moths to his flame. Mourinho led, they followed, HE won. [bc_video video_id=”5980918070001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho with Michael Carrick set to be appointed caretaker manager”] Any if anybody did not buy into it, they went. Quickly. Without any compunction. It was the same mentality, approach and attitude he took into Madrid. Where he came up against a brick wall. Even from the start, there were mutters and murmurings. The likes of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos believed Mourinho played favourites, especially with the players who, like the manager, were represented by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes. That was not just Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe but also left-back Fabio Coentrao and others. Mourinho had been brought in to bring down Pep Guardiola’s Barca. Few would have backed themselves to achieve it but Mourinho did feel himself a Special One, even more so after Inter. If he could not, initially, beat Guardiola on the pitch, he would attempt to do it off the field. Mourinho’s rivalry with Pep Guardiola was well publicised But Casillas and Ramos, in particular, did not buy into the mind-games and paranoia. And, as so often, when things began to melt down in Mourinho’s infamous third season, their dissent spread, like wildfire. Where Mourinho had believed all players were potential allies, he now saw them all as potential enemies. He started to row with all of them, including Pepe and Ronaldo, calling them all out publicly. One Mourinho intimate from that Madrid era explained: “Jose did not feel he could trust anybody. “We would have the final meeting in the hotel, before we left for the ground. Jose would read out the team and order everyone not to leak. By the time we got on the coach, 15 minutes later, the team was all over the radio stations.” The United board finally succumbed to the pressure to axe the manager Chelsea and the homecoming, back to the fans who were still singing his name six years after he left, was supposed to be the balm for those Madrid wounds. But the Mourinho who reappeared at Stamford Bridge in 2013 was not the same man. Even at his best, Mourinho could be, in turns, vicious, vindictive, manipulative. But it was also leavened by that sense of humour. The fun. The lightness of mood. Second time round, Mourinho was greyer, both physically and mentally. There was a cloud hanging him. And the bond, even with his old guard, was not the same. That warmth had gone. As had the light and lustre in his eyes. He still wanted to win. He still knew how to win. And how to get under the skin of his rivals. But the reservoir of good will inside Chelsea had run dry. And so, within weeks of that title triumph in 2015, the tensions and frustrations broke out into open warfare. When Mourinho branded some of his own players – and suspicion wrongly fell on Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard – as “rats” for leaking team news, he was back where he had been at Madrid. Jose Mourinho had a habit of losing the faith of the dressing room [article-rail-section title=”most read in football” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] [bc_video video_id=”5978330061001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Jose Mourinho reacts angrily to questions about Paul Pogba and agent Jorge Mendes”] That was the “palpable discord” cited by Chelsea as the reason for his sacking half-way through the club’s Christmas dinner on December 17 2015. Within a week of leaving, Mourinho was making it clear he fancied the United job, whenever they decided to get rid of Van Gaal. He had to wait for a few months but was then handed the keys to the bank. The first season brought friction but silverware. The League Cup and the Europa League. Yet Mourinho was still living in the Lowry Hotel, commuting to and from London. It never felt permanent. And, increasingly, the issues behind the scenes welled up. United wanted Paul Pogba to be the symbol of their renewal. Yet with every passing month, the Frenchman relationship with Mourinho plumbed new depths. Just as Mourinho blamed the dressing room at Madrid and Chelsea for poisoning the well, now it was the same at United. He went after most of them. Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford, the centre-halves. Everyone. There seemed there one thing about United that united the players – animosity towards the manager. It could not last. It has not lasted. And Mourinho, diminished and now out of work, will find it hard to change the new dynamic.
18 Dec 18
Edits by Emily

2018 was a great reading year. I had a goal of reading 60 books and used Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge as a base to plan which books I’d read.  Success! As of this week, I’ve surpassed my goal of 60 books by 5. Failure! Although I hit my number, I stuck to only half […]

18 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
BOOTED, battered, bruised. Jose Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford will leave only a legacy of chaos and controversy. Jose Mourinho’s legacy at Manchester United is over He departs a broken man. A broken manager. Broken, not by events at Carrington and Old Trafford. Those were merely the symptoms. But by the three years at what should have been his crowning glory, his ultimate managerial job. Mourinho craved the role at Real Madrid. His time at Manchester United was marred by a series of high profile bust-ups The spark in Jose Mourinho’s eyes have disappeared He had always wanted it, to return to Spain and show Barcelona what they lost when they let him leave. No wonder Real wanted him so much either. After all, Mourinho was the manager with the Midas touch. He had conquered Europe once, with Porto. Porto! It all started unravelling for Jose Mourinho while at Real Madrid The Portuguese boss shot to fame when he guided Porto to Champions League triumph Then, at Chelsea, bolstered by Roman Abramovich’s warchest, Mourinho had built a Blue Machine. A footballing force which ripped up the established order and tore it into little bits. He took Inter Milan and stormed the barricades again, outlasting the seemingly unbeatable Barca before giving a Champions league Final masterclass in organisation to put one-time mentor Louis Van Gaal in his place. That 2010 Final was in the Bernabeu, with Mourinho house-hunting before the champagne corks popped. Yet by the time Mourinho left Madrid, three years later, to walk back into the embrace of Abramovich, things had changed. More crucially, he had changed. In those first three big gigs, in Lisbon, London and Milan, the one common link was Mourinho himself and the cult he created around him. He later stunned Barcelona while manager of Inter Milan Jose Mourinho lost trust in his players during his time at Real Madrid Players who would walk through brick walls for the manager. Who listened because they knew he had the answers. Who trusted him to get every call right. Yes, it was not always plain sailing. Not always smooth. Not with a man, and a manager, who demanded so much – and made himself the centre of everything good. But if players are winning, especially players winning things they did not dream of winning, the downside takes longer to materialise. Mourinho brilliantly, at all three clubs, identified the key lieutenants in his dressing room and made him his internal Praetorian guard. At Porto, it was Vitor Baia and Ricardo Carvalho, Costinha, Maniche and Benni McCarthy. At Chelsea, John Terry and Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, plus his fellow Portuguese clique. Jose Mourinho became a icon and fan favourite at Chelsea But his second spell at the Blues further descended into chaos And in Milan, Javier Zanetti, Walter Samuel, Marco Materazzi, Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto’o. The strongmen of the team, the toughest competitors, the men who echoed and reinforced Mourinho’s win at all and any costs mentality. The approach was simple. Recruit them and the rest would follow. He wrung then dry. Of course he did. Players were collateral, to be used, damaged and waved goodbye to as either he or they went. That was why Mourinho was always a short-term hit. He could never, for all his words to the contrary, ever really put down roots. It could only last for so long. But in that window of opportunity, Mourinho saw them all as potential allies, moths to his flame. Mourinho led, they followed, HE won. [bc_video video_id=”5980918070001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho with Michael Carrick set to be appointed caretaker manager”] Any if anybody did not buy into it, they went. Quickly. Without any compunction. It was the same mentality, approach and attitude he took into Madrid. Where he came up against a brick wall. Even from the start, there were mutters and murmurings. The likes of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos believed Mourinho played favourites, especially with the players who, like the manager, were represented by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes. That was not just Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe but also left-back Fabio Coentrao and others. Mourinho had been brought in to bring down Pep Guardiola’s Barca. Few would have backed themselves to achieve it but Mourinho did feel himself a Special One, even more so after Inter. If he could not, initially, beat Guardiola on the pitch, he would attempt to do it off the field. Mourinho’s rivalry with Pep Guardiola was well publicised But Casillas and Ramos, in particular, did not buy into the mind-games and paranoia. And, as so often, when things began to melt down in Mourinho’s infamous third season, their dissent spread, like wildfire. Where Mourinho had believed all players were potential allies, he now saw them all as potential enemies. He started to row with all of them, including Pepe and Ronaldo, calling them all out publicly. One Mourinho intimate from that Madrid era explained: “Jose did not feel he could trust anybody. “We would have the final meeting in the hotel, before we left for the ground. Jose would read out the team and order everyone not to leak. By the time we got on the coach, 15 minutes later, the team was all over the radio stations.” The United board finally succumbed to the pressure to axe the manager Chelsea and the homecoming, back to the fans who were still singing his name six years after he left, was supposed to be the balm for those Madrid wounds. But the Mourinho who reappeared at Stamford Bridge in 2013 was not the same man. Even at his best, Mourinho could be, in turns, vicious, vindictive, manipulative. But it was also leavened by that sense of humour. The fun. The lightness of mood. Second time round, Mourinho was greyer, both physically and mentally. There was a cloud hanging him. And the bond, even with his old guard, was not the same. That warmth had gone. As had the light and lustre in his eyes. He still wanted to win. He still knew how to win. And how to get under the skin of his rivals. But the reservoir of good will inside Chelsea had run dry. And so, within weeks of that title triumph in 2015, the tensions and frustrations broke out into open warfare. When Mourinho branded some of his own players – and suspicion wrongly fell on Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard – as “rats” for leaking team news, he was back where he had been at Madrid. Jose Mourinho had a habit of losing the faith of the dressing room [article-rail-section title=”most read in football” posts_category=”10″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] [bc_video video_id=”5978330061001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Jose Mourinho reacts angrily to questions about Paul Pogba and agent Jorge Mendes”] That was the “palpable discord” cited by Chelsea as the reason for his sacking half-way through the club’s Christmas dinner on December 17 2015. Within a week of leaving, Mourinho was making it clear he fancied the United job, whenever they decided to get rid of Van Gaal. He had to wait for a few months but was then handed the keys to the bank. The first season brought friction but silverware. The League Cup and the Europa League. Yet Mourinho was still living in the Lowry Hotel, commuting to and from London. It never felt permanent. And, increasingly, the issues behind the scenes welled up. United wanted Paul Pogba to be the symbol of their renewal. Yet with every passing month, the Frenchman relationship with Mourinho plumbed new depths. Just as Mourinho blamed the dressing room at Madrid and Chelsea for poisoning the well, now it was the same at United. He went after most of them. Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford, the centre-halves. Everyone. There seemed there one thing about United that united the players – animosity towards the manager. It could not last. It has not lasted. And Mourinho, diminished and now out of work, will find it hard to change the new dynamic.
18 Dec 18
Mirrigold:

Little Harbour | Sophia Soames Cover Artist: Miriam Latu Genre/s: MM, contemporary, romance Heat Rating: 4 flames Length: 135,377 words/468 pages It is a standalone story and is the first book in a series of stories set in Scandinavia. Buy Links Available on Kindle Unlimited Amazon US | Amazon UK Add on Goodreads Blurb This is a […]

18 Dec 18
The Novel Approach Reviews

We’re so pleased to have author Davidson King joining us today on the tour for her latest release, From These Ashes, book four in the Haven Hart series. We have a fun character interview to share with you today as well as a giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below for […]

18 Dec 18
Angela's Opinion

Title: Something Like This Series: Book 3 in The Men of Evansdale County series Author Name: Alyne Hart Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: December 18, 2018 BLURB Vincent Owen. He was gorgeous. He was cocky. He was a complete and total douche bag, and I was head over heels for him. He left to become […]

18 Dec 18
Francoise Holistic Bodywork

So this is THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY…It is so brand new, it is the birth of a new era, and with these five consecutive Full Moons at zero degrees, there is a great rebirth going on.

18 Dec 18
Tali Landsman

Hiking the Lycian Way, Turkey – Day 9 – Hiking Mount Olympus with Pegasus, and the Domain of the legendary Fire Breathing Dragon, Chimera I have found it SO exciting to be actually walking in a land where so many mythical stories originated. Yesterday, we walked the city where Santa Claus lived, and today, we […]

18 Dec 18
Radio Free

On the afternoon of July 23, a tire on a recreational trailer blew apart on the pavement of State Route 299 about 15 miles northwest of Redding, California. The couple towing the Grey Wolf Select trailer couldn’t immediately pull it out of traffic. As they dragged it to a safe turnout, sparks arced from the […]

18 Dec 18
Jayce Ran's Sweet Insanity

Throughout the night Apricot tosses and shifts in her bed. Eyes shut tight hoping to forego the heavy muffled whispers and suggestions crawling through her mind. In fact, she’s convinced the voices aren’t her thoughts but come from every corner of her bedroom. By subtle glances she swore to herself she met creatures gazing at […]